Cook Inlet Wetlands


Download or link to Google Earth Wetland map

You can view these maps in GoogleEarth by either downloading a file or linking to it. Downloading might result in better performance because the map will be running on your computer, and not over the internet. If you have a fast internet connection, it will work just fine by linking to it.

An advantage to linking to the file is that updates will become immediately visible without having to download a new file.

Link: Open Google Earth and in the menu bar at the top click on Add. Choose: "Network Link", found at the bottom of the list. A window will open and ask you to name the location- type in whatever you want, "Cook Inlet Wetlands" is a good name. Below that there is a space to type in the Link: Type in: "", case sensitive, no quotes. Viewing the map can be faster if you download the file, but changes are automatically displayed when the file is updated if you link to it.

Download: Right-(cntrl- in Mac) Click on the CookInletWetlands.kmz link below, and save to your computer, pick a spot that you can find later. After the file saves, Open GoogleEarth, from menu bar select File, "Add", then browse to where you saved CookInletWetlands.kmz.

Either: Once it loads (it may be slow with a network link), zoom to an area, wetland polygons outlined in red have photos available, click on a red polygon, and follow the "Photo" link in the table that pops up. Other useful links are "Technical", which leads you to a description of the wetland type, and "FAQ" which provides general information about wetlands, especially concerning wetland permitting. The code at the top of the table is the wetland's map unit name. A description of the map unit name is found by following the link after "DescLink". If you find any problems concerning any individual wetland, please use the "CODE" number in correspondence. Save the file to My Places if you want to have it available every time you start Google Earth (you can toggle it on or off). 

FAQ Mapping Metadata CookInletWetlands.kmz (17 Mb- sEPTEMBER 2014)


To view the map from your computer, download the cookinletwetlands.kmz file, and in Google Earth, click on File, Open... and point to the file

OR, to link to the file over the web:

Choose Network Link under the Add menu item, then type in:

Picture showing where the add network link item is on the google earth menu bar

Once the file loads, zoom to a polygon of interest, polygons outlined in red have photos associated with them. Click on the polygon and a dialog box appears:

Picture showing the dialog pop-up that appears when a wetland polygon outlined in red is clicked

Click on the link next to Photo, and a picture of the polygon appears. To return to the map, click on the "<<Back to Google Earth" button (upper left):

Picture showing the google earth screen when a user clicks on the photo link in the pop-up dialog


Mike Gracz

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